Archive for February, 2011

Rabbit takes centre stage at Chinese Spring Festival – Article from Times of Malta, Monday, 31st January 2011

February 1, 2011

Chinese dancers and artistes yesterday donned ornate, traditional headpieces and long glowing red robes as they paraded along Merchants and Republic streets in Valletta, accompanied by traditional music to welcome the Chinese New Year. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi.


The streets of Valletta were briefly transformed into the Orient yesterday morning as Chinese dancers and artistes celebrated the Chinese Spring Festival.

Wearing ornate, traditional headpieces and long flowing red robes, the artistes paraded along Merchant Street and down Republic Street accompanied by traditional music to welcome the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit.

Men wearing loose red trousers performed acrobatics as children also wearing red clothes ran around weaving in and out of the crowd.

Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

The parade, the fifth to be held in Malta, was organised by the China Cultural Centre, the Valletta local council and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Tourism, the Environment and Culture.

The Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year, is the most important event for the Chinese like Christmas is for the west. The arrival of spring heralds the melting of the ice and snow and the time for seeding.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, this is the Year of the Rabbit, which begins on Thursday and ends next January 22. The rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. Rabbits are private individuals and make good teachers, counsellors and communicators but need their own space. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are kind, talented and like painting and music. They love hunting for antiques, arts and crafts and tend to make sound investments in these areas.

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